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Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
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Mert Ertüzün

Authorized Guide (42), ENGLISH, SPANISH. ISTANBUL / TURKEY

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Hello! I've been living in Istanbul for 42 years and will be very happy to show you my exciting city from a historical, cultural and sociological perspective. If you are also interested in trendy, hidden corners where the local people likes, in non-toursitic gastronomic points to taste the unique local cuisine, please contact me.

  • Languages; English (Fluent), Spanish (Conversational).
  • My Guiding Regions; Istanbul (where I live), Edirne, Bursa, Iznik, Troya, Pergamon, Ephesus, Bodrum, Pamukkale, Antalya, Ankara, Konya, Cappadocia, Hitites Lands, neolitic settlements etc.
  • Educational Background; Istanbul University Literature Faculity (Oriental Languages Department / 1986-1990), Istanbul University Tourism / Hotel Management (1990), Kapadokya Univ. Dept. Of  Tourist Guiding (2017-2019).
  • My Hobbies And Interests; arts, gastronomi, gardening, vintage music players

MY SERVICES

  • I can arrange transfers
  • I can help with the private vehicle 
  • I can buy the tickets with priority
  • I can arrange "fast entrance tickets"
  • I can customize the tours
  • I can explain inside of the museums

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MY PRIVATE TOURS & PRICES IN ISTANBUL

TOUR 1- ESSENTIAL HISTORICAL SITES OF ISTANBUL 

  • Description Of The Tour - This is a definetly must-follow itinary full of the mysteries of the life, history, arts and religion during the 4 empires founded in Istanbul; Byzantium, Latin, Roman and Ottoman.
  • Type Of Tour - Walking Tour
  • Duration - 8 hours maximum
  • Places To See - Topkapi Palace + Harem, Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Sultan Ahmed Fountain, Thombs Of Sultans, German Fountain, Basilic Cistern, Grand Bazaar.
  • Difficulty & Warnings - Moderate to demanding, some steps
  • Prices - 140 € up to 2 person and 20 € for each additional person.
  • Prices Include - Professional guiding
  • Prices Do Not Include - Transportation, food, drink and entrance fees (around 32 € pp).
  • Meeting & Ending Point - Ends in Grand Bazaar

DAY 2- BOSPHORUS CRUISE, PALACES & MANSIONS

  • Description Of The Tour - This is a definetly must-follow itinary full of the mysteries of the life, history, arts and religion during the 4 empires founded in Istanbul; Byzantium, Latin, Roman and Ottoman.
  • Type Of Tour - Boat tour, walking and visits
  • Duration - 8 hours maximum
  • Places To See - Dolmabahçe Palace, Bosphorus Boat Tour Up To The Second Bridge, visiting Dolmabahce Palace, Naval Museum and The Tomb Of Barbarossa and Kucuksu Pavillion, Rumeli Fortress (by the boat), coffee break In Emirgan Village (or a visit to Sabanci Museum or Tulip Garden in spring instead).
  • Difficulty & Warnings - Easy to moderate, some slopes and steps
  • Prices - 150 € up to 2 person and 20 € for each additional person.
  • Prices Include - professional guiding and boat tickets
  • Prices Do Not Include - transportation, food, drink and entrance fees (around 18 € pp).
  • Meeting & Ending Point - We can decide together

DAY 3 - TWO CONTINENTS IN ONE DAY & GASTRONOMY

  • Description Of The Tour - This is a definetly must-follow itinary full of the mysteries of the life, history, arts and religion during the 4 empires founded in Istanbul; Byzantium, Latin, Roman and Ottoman.
  • Type Of Tour - Walking tour, visits and ferry pass between continents
  • Duration - 8 hours maximum
  • Places To See - Istiklal Street, bohemian streets of Cihangir & Cukurcuma districts, Pera Palace Hotel & Ataturk's Room, Saint Antuan Church, Sufi's Dervish House, Galata Tower, 2nd Metro Of The World, Karaköy and ferry pass to Kadikoy and visiting the local food bazaar.
  • Difficulty & Warnings - Moderate to demanding, some slopes and steps
  • Prices - 145 € up to 2 person and 20 € for each additional person.
  • Prices Include - professional guiding and ferry tickets
  • Prices Do Not Include - transportation, food, drink and entrance fees (around 14 € pp).
  • Meeting & Ending Point - Ends in Kadikoy

Museums Opening Days & Hours (2020)

  • Topkapi Palace; closed on Tuesdays
  • Hagia Sophia; closed on Mondays
  • Dolmabahçe Palace; closed on Mondays
  • Galata Tower; open everyday
  • Maiden’s Tower; open everyday
  • Naval Museum; closed on Mondays.
  • Mevlevi Lodge; closed on Mondays

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professional female guide in istanbul

Sema Karadağ

Licenced Guide (33), ENGLISH, TURKISH. ISTANBUL / TURKEY

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I'm fluent in English and have special interest with the Byzantium, Ottoman, Islamic and ancient arts.  

  • My Guiding Regions; Istanbul (where I live) and all around Turkey.
  • Guiding Licence; since 2014 / Istanbul Chamber Of Guides (IRO)
  • Languages; English (Fluent), Turkish (Native).
  • Educational Background; Istanbul University Literature Faculity (Department of History Of Arts)
  • My Special Interests; arts in Byzantine and Ottoman periods, cooking for friends, 70's Turkish pop music and to go for skiing.

MY SERVICES

  • I can arrange transfers
  • I can help with the private vehicle 
  • I can buy the tickets with priority
  • I can customize the tours
  • I can explain inside of the museums

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MY PRIVATE TOURS & PRICES

  • DAY 1- A Day in Old Town (7 hours); this  is a daily walking tour and we will be visiting the most important historical monuments from Byzantium, Roman and Ottoman; Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome and Underground Cistern. We will have enough time for lunch and a few coffe breaks as well. I also have priority to buy the entrance tickets. Prices starts from 25 € per hour for guiding and plus the entrance fees (around 30 € per person).
  • DAY 2- Bosphorus Cruise , Golden Horn Walks & Chora Museum (8 hours); this tour is consisting of the most fascinating religious masterpiece of Byzantium; the Church Of Chora and a nice walk in the neigbourhoods of Golden Horn (optionaly a visit to Pier Loti Hill), plus a boat cruise in the Bosphorus. Since all of the attractions are far from each other we will need to use a private vehicle (alternatively if you are less than 4 person we may use taxi as well which will be cheaper than a private vehicle). Prices starts from 25 € per person for guiding (plus entrance fees and 120 € for a private vehicle). 

Museums Opening Days & Hours

  • Topkapi Palace; closed on Tuesdays
  • Hagia Sophia; closed on Mondays

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